Young Fashion Designer Award Announced

Innovation and fashion-forward designed led the way at this year's Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Award. Two up-and-coming young designers received awards and an opportunity to kick start their fashion career at the runway held in Auckland's MINI Garage this week.

Winner of the Supreme Senior Award was Abi Barnes, 16, who took inspiration from Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and showcased an intricate knit bandeau and culottes combo walked away with a two-year scholarship to Whitecliffe Collecge of Arts and Design.

"This is such an amazing opportunity and a real kick start to my career. There are so many different creative avenues to explore at a school like Whitecliffe. I can't wait," said Barnes.

Along with the scholarship, Barnes received a two week internship with New Zealand designer Taylor, a trip to an overseas fashion experience sponsored by Business World Travel and a silver lapel pin from Greg Holland Jewellery.

The junior category was won by Jodi Walker, who showcased an Alexander McQueen inspired look, winning a two-week workroom internship with RUBY and Liam.